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A message from Senator Enzi

A little more than a week after the University of Wyoming Cowboys celebrated the annual homecoming game Diana and I also celebrated a special homecoming for our family. On Sunday Oct. 14 we welcomed a healthy granddaughter into the world. Diana and I are so grateful for the new addition to our family. Holding my 7 pound 2 oz. second grandchild I was struck with a drive to ensure her future is filled with purpose and promise. It is with this new burst of life that I continue to work for my family and Wyoming.

In this newsletter, my staff and I have summarized just a few of the issues that have been at the forefront of legislative life in the U.S. Senate, including health insurance for low income children and interstate trucking issues. Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. There is more information on my web page. We look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or comments.

Headlines and Highlights

SCHIP Alternative

As children’s health care becomes a point of contention around the country Enzi and a group of GOP senators have offered a workable, realistic and inclusive children’s health care package. Senators introduced the Kids First Act, S. 2152, on Oct. 4 that would address health insurance to cover low-income children under the age of 19 and pregnant mothers, not middle income parents. The President recently vetoed a state children’s health insurance program (SCHIP) bill because it was over budget, would provide federal funding for parents of middle income families and adults without children to be insured. Enzi is moving forward by sponsoring the new legislation that keeps low income children as its focus using the private market to provide the coverage at less cost.

Mexican Trucks

Enzi voted against funding a controversial pilot program through the U.S. Department of Transportation that would allow Mexican trucks to make deliveries beyond the current commercial zones along the southern perimeters of U.S. border states. The language was originally included in the 2008 Transportation Appropriations bill but fortunately, an amendment Enzi supported to strike the funding was accepted in the Senate-passed version. The bill will now be reconciled with the House version in a conference committee. Enzi looks forward to voting on the final conference report and hopes for a bill that funds interstate highways and excludes Mexican trucks or at worst ensures extensive inspection and regulatory standards for foreign trucks.

On the Horizon

The Senate is considering the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill this week.

Enzi plans to be the keynote speaker at the Wyoming Arts Summit in Casper on Friday Oct. 19. The Summit will take place at the Casper Events Center to focus on the arts and economic development. The Summit marks the 40th anniversary of the Wyoming Arts Council. 

News Nuggets

#1 Business Tax Climate

* Wyoming was named the most "business friendly" state in the union for its tax system. This is the sixth year in a row Wyoming ranked #1. The Tax Foundation, a national nonpartisan tax research group dedicated to educating taxpayers about sound tax policy and the size of the tax burden, ranked Wyoming #1. The Equality State came out on top due to low corporate, individual, sales, unemployment and property taxes. Following the news Enzi, member of the Senate Small Business Committee, praised Wyoming legislators and businesses in a letter to Wyoming Chambers of Commerce.

Air Force Association

* As Chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus and former member of the Wyoming Air National Guard, Enzi recently co-hosted the annual Wyoming Air Force Association breakfast with Senator John Barrasso. Attendees included members of the Cheyenne Air Force Community, U.S. Air Force officials based in D.C. and members of the Wyoming Air National Guard.

Responsible Fiscal Action Act

* Enzi, the Senate’s only accountant, member of the Budget Committee and a fiscal conservative, co-sponsored the Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action Act, S. 2063. The bill would form a bipartisan panel of current members of Congress and the administration to be chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury. The panel would address the fiscal disarray of the country and make recommendations to Congress, which would be introduced as legislation with the goal of reducing the deficit and fixing growing budget problems.